Description - Bold Visions by Gary Tonge
Bold Visiosn is is a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to working
with computers to create powerful art, whether it's your hobby or your
vocation. It provides detailed and easy-to-follow advice on how to get the most
from digital materials and tools, on their own or combined with traditional
Gary Tonge - one of the UK's top conceptual designers -
shares his passion for the creative freedom offered by digital art and shows
how you can achieve exciting results. Clear and in-depth instructions on everything
from planning your work to making your fantasy pictures believable sit
alongside beautiful artworks in this must-have book that's as breathtaking as
it is practical.
The in-depth materials section introduces all the equipment
you'll need, from computer hardware and software (Adobe Photoshop, Corel
Painter and 3D modeling packages) to more traditional art media, and the ways
in which you can integrate the two mediums.
The detailed basic techniques section caters for newcomers
to the digital medium plus those who want to brush up on their skills. From
easy to follow techniques for effectively using Adobe Photoshop (tools,
brushes, layers, line art) to painting with colour, and advice on using a mouse
or tablet, Tonge breaks down the basics.
The Colour and Light chapter explores different concepts and
examines how different colour themes and usage can radically alter the final
feel of an image, from monochrome palettes through dual tone images to the
careful use of colour to project temperature, depth and emotion.
`Concept work' is the term used for the time when artists
conceive and try out new visial ideas, shapes, colour schemes, backgrounds or
characters. In the Concept and Design chapter Gary Tonge highlights the
importance of a solid conceptual phase and he runs through the different stages
in a step-by-step format: working from a brief, exploring a theme, composition,
focal points and framing, scale and perspective, and painting a concept piece.
The Textures and Special Effects section helps you to
discover just how powerful the tools in paint packages are at helping you to
add texture, light, special effects and colour tweaks to your images.
Diverse subject matter ranges from futuristic spacescapes
and revolutionary vehicles to medieval landscapes and beautiful maidens. Tonge
explores how you can transport a real figure into fantasy, and provides tips on
how to create a believable futurescape or bring a fantasy landscape to life;
the ability to capture the essence of something real-world and add something
supernatural, extraordinary or mystical.
Gary concludes the book with an incredibly useful chapter on
What to Do with Your Art, from posting your work online and creating internet
portfolios to organizing exhibitions, and using your art in games and movies.
`Essential to fantasy and Sci-fi
artists alike. The book itself presents a high-gloss, professional approach
that allows the attractive working examples.' --Advanced Photoshop
`A remarkable, well produced
guide to creating science fiction and fantasy art on our computer. Calling
something ' The Bible' of its own particular field is a mite presumptuous, but
for once it's well justified.' --Death Ray
`Your personal digital painting bible [...] written by Gary Tonge, one of the
UK's top game concept designers [...] jam-packed with luscious and inspiring
images.' --Photoshop Creative
Buy Bold Visions by Gary Tonge from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.
(255mm x 225mm x mm)
Publisher: F&W Publications Inc
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Author Biography - Gary Tonge
Gary Tonge is one of the UK's foremost games concept designers, currently working for Swordfish Studio (Vivendi/Sierra) as Art Director. He has his own freelance concept and illustration business where his clients include the BBC, Rock Planet Album Covers and National Geographic; his work can be seen at www.visionafar.com. Gary lives in Coventry.